|MAN NL223F – NL323F (A22)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Single-decker bus|
|Doors||1, 2 or 3|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Related||MAN NLxx3 Lion's City (A21)|
MAN E2876LUH (CNG)
|Power output||220-320 hp|
|Transmission||Voith or ZF|
|Length||10.5-12.0 m (bodied)|
|Predecessor||MAN NLxx2F (898)|
The MAN NLxx3F is a series of low-floor single-decker city bus chassis for 10.5 to 12.0 metres length, offered by MAN since 1998, with internal code A22. They are based on the integral low-floor MAN NLxx3 Lion's City (A21). Available versions since launch include NL223F, NL233F, NL243F, NL263F, NL273F, NL283F, NL313F and NL323F. LPG and CNG versions are also available, with NL313F CNG being the most powerful.
Wrightbus initially developed a bodywork for the MAN NL273F, the Wright Meridian. It was the first MAN chassis to be bodied by Wrightbus. A Meridian demonstrator was launched at the Coach & Bus Live 2007, which entered service with Whitelaws. Regal Busways, Newbury Buses and Diamond Bus North West each operate an handful of Wright Meridian-bodied NL273Fs across the United Kingdom. It can only have 1 door (front entrance).
SMRT Buses of Singapore received a 12.0m MCV Evolution-bodied NL323F demonstrator in 2010 for evaluation, registered as SMB138Y. Following a successful trial, SMRT Buses placed a follow-up order of 200 buses through ST Kinetics, the largest order of NL323Fs to date. These production batch buses were bodied by Gemilang Coachworks with the bodywork based on that on the MAN Lion's City Hybrid, and entered service on 2 October 2011. In 2013, SMRT Buses had already place another order for 202 buses with the same bodywork but with different interior designs and entered service progressively from January 2013 onwards. In 2014, SMRT Buses had already placed another order for 332 buses with the same bodywork. All the NL323Fs in Singapore have 2 doors.
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